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If you are a self starter who learns well on their own and can commit to a fast paced program, then this is the school for you. Classes run about 8 weeks long (1/2 the time of the traditional 16 week semester format) and unless you have minimal other responsibilities I wouldn't recommend taking more than 1 class at a time. You're assigned 2 or 3 chapters per week to read. Forum discussions are weekly and mandatory as they account for a % of your final grade. You will have 4 or more papers assigned in the course syllabus. And yes, there is a comprehensive final exam. The assignments are arranged to encourage you to formulate your own conclusions and support your argument by applying the theories you have studied. An advisor is assigned to each student to help guide them through the master's program. And a mentor is assigned to each course to provide support and feedback. Mentors, like professors, have office hours and grade your work; however, they do not "teach" the class. They are there as a resource if guidance is needed, but you will ultimately be in charge of your own learning. This means you have to read the book, research via the virtual library of articles and journals if you don't understand something, confer with your classmates, use the video library to supplement the coursework, and be an active participant in your learning experience. This structure is well organized and easy to follow. They provide a suggested schedule, so as long as you're on pace or faster you won't be overwhelmed by the end of the course. They provide Microsoft Office 365 which includes word and outlook. They are regionally accredited, so I felt comfortable applying to earn my degree from them. You won't regret being a CalSouthern student. Their integrity and dedication to the quality of their students' education convinced me that they are the best online university to attend.
CSU is no joke, that is why the university is regionally accredited. The weekly course work is highly structured to expose learners to the 21st century business environment. As 100% online university, mentors present those required guide and explanation for your success. Some mentors went extra length to arrange WebEx meeting with learners which provided networking opportunity, and better understanding of the course content. i will recommend the CSU DBA to those that want to have the knowledge plus the Dr. behind their names. For those seeking for the later, CSU is not the place,
The program is not self-pace and is way too fast for you average working adult. I believe the school in one way is trying to give you an education, but at the end of the day is a business and will act and do accordingly. School is expanding since they got RA status and the price of tuition was raised. Now, if you got lock in a payment plan and you rush to finish, you may get your degree for about $27k plus fees etc.... Since, with previous experience with them (Northcentral University), when they grow chaos start to surfaces and things does not go accordingly to plan. Truth to be told, getting a DBA from any university is a vanity move (an expensive one), and is not worth the money or the time. Times has changed and education is not worth what is used to be. Things to remember in the new economic, experience counts more that what you had accomplish in education and is who you know that matters. Good luck to anyone attending CSU, you will need it for sure.
I have started the psychology program and it is very rigorous. There is a lot of work. Everyone in the school has been kind and ethical . I have a Master's degree from a highly regarded brick and mortar school and I find this school more challenging. It is well managed and organized. As an administrator of a behavioral health program, I appreciate being able to attend this school online with other mature students from all over the world who have substantial clinical experience.
I have graduated from one brick and mortar school and two online schools. I was most proud and most satisfied with California Southern University. The price was good and the course work challenging, but most important of all, the instructors were clearly competent and you knew you were getting a solid education. Instructors just don't give you a grade for your paper, you get comments on why something was wrong and encouragement for things that are good. The course development is second to none and the online lecture series are very informative. Upon visiting the school (which is always encouraged when in California), I found the staff very friendly and attentive. The Dean of the Law department was amazing and the support staff could not have been more welcoming. I am proud to tell my friends that I am a graduate of this school and highly recommend this school to them. I am an older learner (over fifty) and very involved in numerous projects. Even with all of that going on I was still able to fit my studies into my life schedule. N regrets here.
A great online school for those who are self-motivated and are very independent. A lot of independent study and papers that worked well for me. You get a mentor for each class. He or she grades everything and they are there to provide support when you have any questions. Faculty and staff are very responsive and very helpful. Courses and textbooks are very relevant to your job--as long as you study the textbooks. Proud to have my MBA with them and the two year journey was very rewarding.
Rigorous but designed well for independent work. As an educator I recommend the program as solid and good for licensure prep. Leveling program is worth it if your Masters is in another field, bit helps if you are a good writer with psych background. Some of the same teachers for classes so always keep good communication and email them with questions. Some are very open to phone support and a few of my teachers were the best I have ever had after earning several degrees. MA program seems to have more opportunities listed on community boards, as most learners are already in the field at the doctoral level. If you want an APA internship this is the main drawback as you may not get one since only Fielding is APA accredited in this type of online program, if you can pay 3x more at Fielding then just go to USC or Pepperdine, but if you want to learn and can do it on your own CSU is a great deal and you will learn your content! Ypu will not meet anyone unless you reach out via course participant lists BTW
Great school! I love the flexibility of the program and the materials I'm studying. Although it's online, the time I need to spend in working on my assignments and studying are much more than during my undergrad. I believe that good education does not have to be expensive and done in traditional brick-mortar university. :)
After four years of intensive work and study I can finally say that I have completed a life goal of acquiring my doctorate degree in psychology. As an LPC with a practice, a teaching job and three children, returning to school as a traditional student where you are expected to give 100% of your life to a doctoral program was not an option. The self directive nature of the coursework was exactly what I needed at this time in my life and career. Now that CSU has become WASC accredited it has also opened up opportunities for licensure in some states that I would have never had before. The value for the time, money and clinical focus is extraordinary. I have and will continue to refer colleagues and friends to this program because it is a wonderful opportunity. The program is rigorous, focused and appropriate for anyone who would like to advance in their clinical work and open up new opportunities in areas of teaching. A+ for CSU!
The attention to individuals is a huge aspect of CSU, and it is the reason I switched from Touro. While CSU is building a name, the program is solid and they have many protocols in place to address student needs. For instance, your academic advisor listens to you, and will help change things or adjust if you need to. Also, mentors and advisors are extremely well-educated, personable, and professional, unlike some other online programs out there. I am so very particular about instructional integrity, and I feel that there has been nothing I can complain about at CSU. That is actually amazing. The only thing I am wondering about is why they don't try to achieve APA accreditation, when it could be possible with a few days per year of meeting face-to-face, and then the graduates of the PsyD program would have complete access to jobs across the globe.